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Tanzania Opposition Parties Discuss New Strategies To Confront Government

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After losing the General elections recently, Tanzania’s leading opposition parties are trying to craft new methods of operation as the government is cracking whip on opposition.

The Party for Democracy and Progress, (Chadema) known for campaigning largely on an anti-corruption platform and the Alliance for Change and Transparency–Wazalendo (ACT–Wazalendo) have reportedly begun holding indoor meetings to deliberate upon new strategies of conducting politics.

Local Tanzanian press reported Friday that the meetings between opposition parties comes is in the wake of crackdown on the opposition, including arrests of their leaders and members and the foiling of peaceful demonstrations that were called on November 2 to protest 2020 elections results.

Freeman Mbowe Chadema chairman and Zitto Kabwe ACT-Wazalendo party leader on Saturday held a joint press conference to call for peaceful demonstrations to protest results that gave CCM’s John Magufuli a victory of 84.4 percent of the vote. But the protests were foiled by tight security across the country.

“Indoor meetings are in progress to come up with new methods of resolving the current political atmosphere. But our goal for endless peaceful protests still stands,” Mr Kabwe said.

On Thursday, Mbowe and Kabwe were summoned to Oyster Bay Police Station to record statements regarding their activities.

Chadema chairman Freeman Mbowe (right), ACT-Wazalendo party leader Zitto Kabwe (centre) and former Arusha Member of Parliament Godbless Lema leave Oyster Bay Police Station in Dar es Salaam where they had been ordered to report after they were arrested and released on bail over allegations of mobilising popular demonstrations across the country.

“We are here to report to the police as ordered. We’ll not stop organising ourselves to continue demanding for justice and the future of our party,” Mbowe told local press.

“Our preoccupation for now is on the human rights abuses that happened during the election. Our people are persecuted. Hundreds of people are in police custody while tens of people are not seen for weeks,” said Party leader Kabwe.

Ado Shaibu the ACT-Wazalendo secretary general on mainland Tanzania said his party is expected today (Friday) to announce to media its standing-point regarding the just concluded General Election and the fate of its members and leaders who are in hospital or police hands.

“We (the party) had a meeting on Wednesday in Zanzibar where we made several decisions that I’m not permitted to divulge to the public at the moment but will do so tomorrow (Friday),” Ado Shaibu was quoted in an interview with a local daily, Citizen.

Zanzibar Island: Supporters of opposition party Act-Wazalendo gathered during campaigns

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Uganda Forests Risk Depletion Due To Rapid Population Growth

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Ugandan experts have revealed that the country’s population is expected to rise to 75million in the next decade warning this could directly and negatively impact on forests.

The revelations come at a time the world is celebrating World Wildlife Day observed on 3 March in order to celebrate the flora and fauna of the world and also raise awareness about them.

The theme for World Wildlife Day 2021 is ‘Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet’. The United Nations aims to highlight the significance of how forests give a livelihood to many communities, especially indigenous and local communities.

Robert Bitariho, Director of Uganda’s Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation said on Wednesday that use of forests is by large unsustainable in Uganda because of high population density. If in 2031 the Ugandan population is at 75 million how much forests are we going to lose?

“On average 75% of forest produce is consumed at the household level with only 25% being traded. This indicates how much forests mean to the survival of the local community,” he said.

Tom Obong Okello, Executive Director National Forestry Authority submitted that “whatever effort we are doing to address sustainable forest management we must manage forests outside gazetted forest protection areas.”

According to Obong, Forestry in Uganda is being recognized as a primary growth sector and a contributor to the goal of sustainable industrialization for growth, employment and wealth creation.

Meanwhile, Sam Mwandah, Executive Director of Uganda Wildlife Authority says “Forest loss greatly derails Uganda’s efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change and without forests, our survival is in jeopardy.”

David Duli, Country Director WWF said that the population is overwhelming as we have seen in Bwindi natural forest area. There is the demarcation of boundaries but the gardens are going up to the edge of the forest.

Uganda’s forest cover includes tropical forests, woodlands and plantation forests.

According to Matthias Schauer the EU representative in Uganda,”The damage done to forests and woodlands in Uganda in the past 25 years has been dramatic. We destroy unique biodiversity and intruding natural habitats hence fueling future wildlife conflicts.”

The UN plans to introduce forest wildlife management models and practices on World Wildlife Day 2021. Celebrating the livelihoods that are based in forest, the UN aims to promote practices that can help in sustainable development, including traditional practices and knowledge.

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President Uhuru Takes Over EAC Chairmanship

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President Uhuru Kenyatta of the Republic of Kenya has taken over the Chairmanship of East African Community (EAC)  bloc.

“Thank you for showing confidence, faith and trust in me. I promise to do all I can to take our region to greater heights,” Uhuru said on Saturday.

The Kenyan President assured that he will spare no effort towards the realization of the shared aspirations that gave rebirth to the community 20 years ago.

Uhuru spoke when he addressed the 21st Ordinary Summit of the EAC Heads of State held virtually due to Covid-19 after taking over the chairmanship from Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame.

He hailed the late former Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi and the late former President Benjamin Mkapa of Tanzania, acknowledging the role they played together with President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda in the rebirth of EAC 20 years ago.

President Uhuru outlined his vision for the bloc, saying he will focus on strengthening of partnerships to enhance intra-EAC connectivity and ensuring sustainable implementation of projects and programs in productive sectors.

He emphasized the need for partner states to harmonize their commitment on free movement of people, workers and services as envisaged in the region’s common market protocol.

President Kenyatta announced Kenya’s decision to remove visa requirement for South Sudanese nationals visiting the country as an act of reciprocity.

President Kagame congratulated President Kenyatta on his assumption of the chairmanship of the EAC and welcomed Dr Mathuki as the new EAC Secretary General.

The East African Community bloc is composed of six countries in the African Great Lakes region in eastern Africa: Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.

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UK Firm, Bioline Agrosciences, Acquires Kenya’s Dudutech

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Dudutech, a division of Flamingo Group International, announces that they have been acquired by Bioline Agrosciences, a subsidiary of InVivo Group.

By joining up with Bioline Agrosciences (InVivo), Dudutech becomes part of a world-class IPM provider, with over 40 years of experience in the manufacturing and distribution of biologicals.

Established in 2001, Dudutech is Africa’s leader in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) with a wealth of experience in designing and delivering biological pest control solutions.

With its new biofactory in Kenya Bioline Agrosciences owns now 8 production sites in the world (Europe/ North America and Africa).

Tom Mason, Managing Director of Dudutech said, “this acquisition is a unique chance for us to affirm our leading position in Africa, combining our technologies with the well-known brand and the extensive experience of Bioline Agrosciences.”

“We look forward to working with the global Bioline team to enhance our service and product offering and to contribute to a future with sustainable, secure, and safe agriculture,” Mason added.

Giles Turrell, CEO of the Flamingo Group, said that Flamingo, with its substantial Growing operations in Kenya and Ethiopia, will continue to use Integrated Crop Management solutions as a production strategy.

“Therefore, it made sense for us to select Bioline Agrosciences as the future owner of Dudutech and preferred supplier. Our leading position in technology with a strong commitment to sustainable farming, will ensure premium quality and innovative biocontrol solutions are widely available for our Group,” Turrell said.

This new site in Kenya will be the tool for spearheading Bioline Group’s expansion in Africa to promote new environmental-friendly technologies in agriculture, according to Laurent Martel, CEO of Bioline Group.

Thierry Blandinières, CEO of InVivo group, believes that “this acquisition is a huge step for Bioline, our agricultural subsidiary, which is becoming a major player in biocontrol at the international level.”

He added that it’s perfectly aligned with the company’s vision to promote the agricultural and food transition towards a resilient agrosystem, by deploying innovative and responsible solutions and products.

The biocontrol market is growing strongly, and the acquisition of Dudutech will allow Bioline Agrosciences to increase technological leadership and complete product portfolio.

“This is a unique opportunity to specialize in flower production by creating this partnership with the Flamingo Group and to bring our 40-year-old expertise on other crops in the region,” said Ludwik Pokorny, CEO of Bioline Agrosciences.

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